California Wildfires: People Overage, Water Shortage

Enforcement Gives Jeopardized Habitat a Helping Hand

Trash-filled riverbed
A trash-filled wash located below Arizona’s scenic Diablito Mountain,
21 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales.

Our Plastic Future is Now

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.” 
The Graduate scene
"Plastics" scene from The Graduate.

“Yes sir?”
“Are you listening?’ 
“Yes I am.”

Not Hell OR High Water, But Hell AND High Water: Acknowledging and Adapting to the Anthropocene

aerial of Lake Oroville Winter 2016
Oroville Dam in Northern California during last winter’s flooding; its main spillway
had been damaged and water was pouring across and eroding the hillside.

On Turtle Independence Day, No Fireworks, but Lots of Love

On the 4th of July, the annual Turtle Independence Day will be celebrated at Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Resort, a tradition that began 28 years ago. The Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, has been around the islands for centuries, possibly as long as 200 million years, and is revered. In Chinese mythology, the sea turtle represents wisdom, and in Hawaii, according to lore, it guided the first voyagers to the islands.

Nature’s Peace, Quiet Shattered by Noise

Some years ago, when I lived in New Mexico, I had the privilege of backpacking in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. The Gila is America’s first official Wilderness Area, established in 1924 at the urging of Aldo Leopold, co-founder of the Wilderness Society, “father” of modern wildlife management, and the author of the beloved conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.

In An Otherwise Divisive Election Year, Last November American Voters United to Approve more than $6 Billion for Local Parks, Natural Areas

And Californians Did Their Part

Today is Endangered Species Day

Let’s Not Forget the Main Driver of Species Disappearance: Too Many Humans

One of the most flagrant and far-reaching impacts of human overpopulation is the overexploitation, displacement and elimination of the other creatures that have been our companions on Planet Earth since our distant ancestors first walked upright.

Overpopulation Overpowers Ocean

Two-thirds of once-vast sea now stressed by exponentially increasing human activity

Finally, California’s Brutal Drought is Over

What Next?

At long last, a winter of record-breaking rainstorms and Sierra Nevada snowstorms has vanquished California’s record-breaking drought. It took record precipitation to break the back of record dryness.

But two things remain certain: California will experience another drought in all too few years’ time, and incessant population growth in the state ensures that the next drought will mess with even more lives than this last one did.